Cemeteries in Poland
The well-tended Catholic cemetery in the small town of Skwierzyna, Lubuskie, Poland. The town, like many others in the west of Poland, also has out-of-use German and Jewish cemeteries, which contain graves from the nineteenth and early twentieth century.
In Poland spaces in
a cemetery are rented from the Church and a grave can only usually stay
in place for a maximum of 40 years. After this time, the graves are dug
up, the bones removed, and the space re-rented to someone else. The
exceptions to this are if the cemetery is no longer to be used or if the
grave contains someone famous or is part of a national memorial. For
this reason it is rare to find graves over 50 years old in Poland.
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